8EH:* I did a double move. The first move I kind of set, looked (quarterback) T.J. (Yates) in the eye, then rolled out, and he bit on my fake. When I spun out, I just saw the ball in the air, and I went, “Oh shoot. There it goes.” And I just had to catch it, man.
MT: On those final two snaps, you guys are six yards out of the end zone. How fast is your heart racing at that point?
EH: Oh, man. I can’t even explain it. I mean, it seemed like I was the only person out there. I just felt my heart beat so fast. I mean, I know I probably wasn’t the only one out there, but I was like, “Oh, throw me the ball.” I was ready for it, but unfortunately, we lost.
MT: I read that one of your pet peeves is when people do things slowly. Does that make you the perfect wide receiver for the hurry-up offense?
EH: (Laughs). Um, yeah. I kind of … yeah, I would say. I mean, I like going fast and I’m very impatient. I think I got that from my mom, but yeah, I think that would make me the perfect receiver for this offense.
8MT:* If you were in the NFL, I read you would like to play for the Colts. I mean, they run a lot of hurry-up. Is that part of the appeal?
EH: Oh, yeah. I love their offense. Peyton Manning, he throws it fifty times a game, so he makes his receivers look good.
MT: Tell me about your nickname, “Mookie.” Where did that come from?
EH: I had it all my life, since I was a young, little boy. I think my mama gave it to me; I really can’t remember. But, yeah, I’ve had it all my life. As I grew up, they started calling me “Mook” instead of “Mookie,” so I guess like Lil Bow Wow did, they just call him Bow Wow.
MT: Sure, it’s a little more masculine.
MT: So your favorite show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Do you relate more with Will Smith or Carlton Banks?
EH: Will Smith. He’s just funny. I like him. He’s a great actor. Every movie he played in. He’s one of my favorite actors, so I just like watching everything he’s in. He’s a really funny guy.
MT: So if you’re Will Smith, who would be the Carlton Banks of the football team?
EH: (Laughs) Probably Todd Harrelson. He’s very cornball. He’s funny too, but probably Todd Harrelson, (No.) 82.
MT: I read that your mom is a really influential person on your life. Why is that?
EH: My dad and my mom separated when I was young, like elementary school. After that, I seldom saw him around much, except for holidays, maybe. But then, as I got older, I rarely saw him, even on holidays. I mean, my mom really taught me everything I know in life. She went outside, played catch with me, taught me how to throw a ball really, so it was just me and her and my brothers and sisters.
MT: Does she make it out to any of your games?
EH: Oh, yeah. She comes to every game she can, away or home.
MT: Was she at the game in Atlanta?
MT: Did she say anything to you about that touchdown?
EH: Nah, I talked to her after the game and she was like, “Good job.” They told us we played a good game. I think we played a good game, but we lost so that’s still in the back of my mind.
MT: What’s the one thing that people should know about Erik Highsmith?
EH: Um, I think everybody knows I’m a cool, laid-back dude. I probably think people don’t know about me, that I like animals.
MT: Just as pets or do you like to go to the zoo?
EH: Nah, I just like pets. I watch Animal Planet every night, me and A.J. Blue.
MT: Do you have any pets, yourself?
EH: Not right now, I can’t.
MT: What kind of pet would you get?
EH: I’ll probably get a dog pretty soon. I don’t know where I’m going to keep it though, but I’m probably going to get one.
MT: Do you like big dogs or little dogs?
EH: Big dogs.
MT: Just because they are bigger?
EH: Yeah, they’re more aggressive looking. Yeah.
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